A couple of Microsoft's "middleware" product teams -- Commerce Server and BizTalk Server -- have shared their roadmaps, as of late.
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Microsoft has, indeed, decided to dump the "Windows Live Folders" branding and go with Windows Live SkyDrive for its cloud-storage service that is in beta test. Microsoft also has refreshed the beta of SkyDrive and added a couple of new features to the offering.
The Microsoft Code Name of the Day is Cosmos. Cosmos, according to sources experienced in the ways of the orderly, systematic universe, is a forthcoming data storage/processing framework for Live Search.
Windows Live branding has been nothing to write home about. It turns out even the Live codenames have been a source of confusion. Case in point: Windows Live Folder Share and Windows Live Folders.
Microsoft is now confirming the rumored XP SP3 pre-beta build that went to select testers this week -- and may aggregate as many as 991 security and hot fix updates -- is real. Officials still won't provide more detailed info on when the final SP3 will hit. Microsoft's decision as to when to release XP SP3 is probably being driven as much by "politics" as by code readiness, at this point.
Today's Microsoft Code Name of the Day: Volta. Volta, named for the father of the "volt" unit of power, is a Microsoft research project dedicated to "stretching the .Net programming model to cover the Cloud."
Remember those Windows Vista reliability and performance fix packs -- beta versions of which temporarily escaped to the masses last week? On August 7, Microsoft posted the final versions of the two packs for download.
Over the past couple of days, there have been new reports of sightings of the pre-beta of Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1. The reported build number: 6001.16549 (longhorn_sp1beta1.070628-1825). I've asked Microsoft for comment. But given that "translucency," not "transparency," is the new Windows world order, I'm not expecting to hear much new.
The Microsoft Code Name a Day series marches on. Today's entry: Jasper, a k a "dynamic ADO.Net."
On August 7, the first day of the LinuxWorld San Francisco show, Projity will officially release a public beta of its freely downloadable open-source competitor to Microsoft Project project-management software.